UNC’s North Carolina Public Interest Research Group chapter latest campaign focuses on tackling the overuse of antibiotics in factory farms.
According to the NCPIRG website, an increasing number of farms are using antibiotics on their livestock as a purely preventative measure. In addition to making animals gain weight at a faster rate, the use of antibiotics are also a threat to humans, raising the likelihood that bacteria will become resistant to treatment.
Last semester, the organization targeted Bojangles to launch the same campaign. With thousands of petition signatures, they sparked public awareness on the issue and are looking to do the same this semester.
“We’re still waiting to hear a few things about exactly what restaurant we will be targeting this semester,” sophomore Jackie Litynski, campaign organizer, said. “We want to get them to commit to stop buying meats raised with antibiotics.”
Litynski said the process for carrying out a campaign often begins with directives and initiative from the national PIRG. From there, campus organizations choose which issue area to focus on.